Three Tips to Prepare For a Healthcare Interview
Getting through a healthcare-related program is an accomplishment in and of itself. After years of studying and hard work, you’re now ready to move forward and actually find a job in your field. Applying for jobs and going on interviews is intimidating and labor intensive, no matter what subset of healthcare you’re entering. These are some interviewing tips and tricks that will be helpful for any aspiring healthcare professional looking to enter field.
Be Ready To Explain Why You Want To Work There
It does not matter where you are applying, be it a large hospital or a small private practice, you should know the establishment’s history and mission. Demonstrate how that history/vision aligns with your personal philosophy and goals.
When you’re being interviewed, your interviewers will be directly or indirectly trying to determine why you are interviewing with them. Make sure you have a fully articulated response to why you chose that particular hospital, department, etc and prepared to explain why you think you’re qualified for the position you are interviewing for.
William Burke, an administrative director for South Shore’s Hosipital’s Cardiovascular Center says it best, “Google is unbelievable-if you truly want a job so badly you’d throw yourself if front of a train to get it, you have to find out everything, every ounce of research, about the facility’s past, present and future.”
After spending time in clinicals and lab, it may be difficult to transition away from scrubs. But, interviewing for a healthcare position requires for you to dig into your closet and pull out your best suits. The rule of thumb in the healthcare industry is to dress as conservatively as possible. Both men and women should wear suits (no sports jackets, etc.) This wardrobe choice will make it clear to your potential employer that you take this position seriously, and that you understand the importance of professional behaviour.
Be Well Versed On Your Experiences
Remember that you have work experience. Even if this is your first job, you have an entire wealth of experience from clinicals, the classroom, and maybe even volunteer work. Be prepared to explain how you have been properly trained and have the experience necessary to thrive in the position that you are interviewing for. Try to work in a specific example of your experience when answering any question that your interviewer asks. If you don’t have the experience that they are asking for, avoid exaggerations and lies, that will quickly catch up with you.
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